L'Auberge Chez Francois
This rustic, romantic French/Alsatian cottage is a popular special occasion spot.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli
Comments () | Published October 17, 2006
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L'Auberge Chez Francois and Jacques’ Brasserie
Address: 332 Springvale Rd., Great Falls, VA 22066
Phone: 703-759-3800
Neighborhood: Great Falls
Cuisines: French
Opening Hours: Open Tuesday through Friday 11:30 to 1:30 and 5 to 9, Saturday 11:30 to 1:30 and 4:30 to 9:30, Sunday noon to 7:30.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range: Very expensive
Dress: Formal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Required
Best Dishes Onion soup light on cheese and heavy on stock; crepe with chives, mushrooms, and Madeira-truffle sauce; grapefruit-mint sorbet; choucroute; chicken braised in Riesling with jus and haricots verts; broccoli purée; hazelnut soufflé; plum tart with cinnamon
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Party Space, Outdoor Seating
Scene:
Outdoor Seating, Upscale
Happy Hour Details:
Tuesday through Friday 5 to 6:30, Sunday 3 to 4.
Happy Hour Days:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays

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THE SCENE. Rusticity and romance come together at this old-world Alsatian-French restaurant presided over for half a century by Francois Haeringer and his family. Son Jacques has long been in charge of the kitchen, but Francois is often found at the Tudor-style cottage's door greeting customers. Reservations, taken up to four weeks in advance, are hard to get, especially during the holidays.

WHAT YOU'LL LOVE. Hallmarks of Alsatian and haute French cuisine--aperitifs with floating raspberries; mousselines; Dover sole; Chateaubriand; Grand Marnier souffles--presented without pretension. And the value  makes this restaurant hard to resist: Entree prices include appetizer, salad, dessert, and coffee or tea.

WHAT YOU WON'T. The embroidered frilliness--complete with red-vested waiters, copious doilies, and flowered curtains--will either feel charming or kitschy.

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